IC410 is a dusty emission nebula located in the
constellation of Auriga at about 12.000 ly from
It is part of a larger star forming region that
also contains the Flaming Star Nebula.
The gas structures in this picture are lit by the
radiation from the open star cluster NGC1893 that
lies in the center of the nebula.
This star cluster is about 4 million years
old, but in astronomical terms it is still very
young, with hot, massive stars.
At the top-left of the star cluster two more dense
structures are visible.
These are similar to the famous Pillar of Creation
and they are composed of dust and gas leftover
from the formation of the star cluster and are
very likely to give birth to more stars in the
future. As can be seen in the picture, these
structures point away from the center of the
This is because of the stellar winds and radiation
pressure from the stars in NGC 1893. Due to these
structure's shape, the nebula is also called the
This picture is a HOO combination (with 30% Ha and
70% OIII on the Green channel)
shot in the first day of the year at bin 2x2, (it
will be part of a bigger mosaic containing also
the Flaming Star Nebula)
and then integrated with a 2x drizzle. It has a
~6.5h integration time and was processed in
PixInsight and PS. The equipment used was:
Mount: SW AZ-EQ6 GT
Scope: SW ED80 with TeleVue TRF-2008
Camera: Atik Cameras 460ex Mono with EFW2 and
Bader Ha and OIII 1.25” filters